Hedgehog friendly campus

In 2019, led by Keele Wildlife Society, Keele became one of the first universities to achieve Hedgehog Friendly Campus Bronze accreditation for demonstrating positive action and achievements to protect and promote this native species on campus. 

Hedgehog Friendly Campus is a national project funded by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society that aims to turn university campuses into a place where hedgehogs can thrive. Hedgehogs are in decline and need our help. 

Keele Hedgehog Friendly Campus Group’s mission is to make the campus safe for hedgehogs and to promote habitat for them to thrive. We can do this by keeping the campus litter free, with connected habitats and provisions for hedgehogs to find food and water as well as shelter. 

Anyone can get involved, from students and staff, to local residents and student societies. The success of the campaign so far has been thanks to collaboration between Green:Keele, KeeleSU, Student Services, Estates & Grounds, Keele Wildlife Society and the local residents association. You don’t need any prior knowledge or experience. Every step helps to raise awareness for hedgehogs and other wildlife on campus and enables Keele staff and students to play an active role in helping hedgehog populations to recover.

Staff and students can join the Keele Hedgehog Friendly Campus Group, and we have a channel for Hedgehog Friendly Campus in the Student Sustainability Community on Microsoft Teams too. Follow updates and find out about events and activities you can get involved in on Facebook and Twitter.

Hedgehog Friendly Campus Awards

  • Bronze (2019/20)
  • Bronze (2020/21)
  • Silver (2020/21)
  • Gold (2021/22)